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Advanced Use of Adobe Photoshop - Online

Go beyond the Adobe Photoshop basics as you explore more advanced features to successfully harness this powerful and popular editing software. Boost your expertise as you optimize images using specialized tools, apply effects to reduce flaws, and improve the quality of your photos. Work towards faster, more efficient image post-processing using simple tips and techniques as you build your professional portfolio. This class is also an elective course for Digital Photography certificate students.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Customize the Photoshop interface
  • Use Photoshop Actions for faster, more efficient post-processing of images
  • Explain the advantages of using layers in Photoshop for non-destructive editing of images in a number of ways
  • Utilize Selection tools in Adobe Photoshop to make changes within photographs
  • Use the Liquify tool to make changes in the appearance of people and objects
  • Describe the differences between the Healing, Patch and Clone tools

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Section: DL-ADV-PHOTOSHOP (08JUN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 8, 2019 End Date: Jun 29, 2019 Tuition: $350.00
Campus: Online Session Instructor: Thomas S England Register

Building Employee Engagement and Winning Commitment

Achieving employee buy-in towards new initiatives can present significant challenges. How does leadership properly balance motivational incentives with the team’s productivity, satisfaction and/or profit objectives? Inspiring commitment is a key to success for enhancing organizational efficiency and boosting employee engagement. Utilize our helpful guidebook and action planning tools in order to develop a fresh perspective, effectively communicate with colleagues, and motivate employees towards success.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe the three types of commitment and implications of each
  • Increase awareness and use of best practices for enhancing influence and motivation and mitigating resistance to change
  • Practice analyzing situations to identify the types of commitment that exist and needs to be encouraged
  • Identify barriers to commitment and change
  • Practice developing awareness and use of proactive influence tactics to gain commitment for timely and meaningful information based on a simple request
Section: ORGCOMM (17JUN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 17, 2019 End Date: Jun 17, 2019 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: LaBrita Cash-Baskett Register

Building Teams - Building Culture

‘Teamwork’ is a common tenet of many companies – but how do leaders successfully develop high-performing teams while fostering a harmonious, culturally-driven environment? By learning methodologies commonly utilized to assemble productive groups and acquiring the skills necessary to facilitate effective collaboration—even among virtual teams—participants in this course can increase staff engagement levels, create stronger interpersonal connections and maximize performance results.

    After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the stages of team development, the functions at each stage, and the benefits of teaming
  • Identify the communication characteristics of high-performing teams and team members’ behavioral styles
  • Set goals successfully, and avoid common goal-setting mistakes
  • Explain how to foster accountability among team members to ensure all members succeed
  • Explore the effect of different behavioral styles on managing virtual employees
  • Develop esprit de corps and coordinate effective team-building activities
Section: BUILDTEAMS (01APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 1, 2019 End Date: Apr 1, 2019 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: BUILDTEAMS (18JUL19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 18, 2019 End Date: Jul 18, 2019 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

Delivering Impactful Training Experiences in the Classroom and Online

Your training outline is fully developed and the course material is ready for delivery... but how do you maximize participant engagement while properly utilizing best practices for presentations? Join us to explore the psychologies of group learning and classroom dynamics. We will identify practical techniques designed to energize your training and ensure that your messages and material are delivered in a professional, positive manner. We will also work to master the technology that makes online training possible, including detailed instructions on how to deliver a premium interactive experience that commands the same level of excitement as your classroom training.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Deliver professional, engaging training experiences for both classroom and online learners.
  • Utilize speaking techniques, body language and presentation design to energize a classroom.
  • Practice the elements of room dynamics, placement and setup to optimize course delivery.
  • Transform learning topics into immersive activities to solidify subject matter and message.
  • Use technology to deliver exceptional online training experiences to keep learners involved.


Participants will need to come to Part II of the class with their computer or tablet (a computer is preferred) and have already set up a free ZOOM Meeting account by going to https://zoom.us/signup

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Section: IMPACTTRAIN (23JUL19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 23, 2019 End Date: Jul 25, 2019 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Kristin Reichman Register

Estimating and Proposing Landscape Enhancements

Offering landscape upgrades such as plant, stone and drainage system installation to your customers can be a lucrative endeavor for your landscape business. Designing and installing these enhancements can be challenging, and there is nothing more disheartening than doing so at a financial loss. Intended for landscape designers and installation professionals, this class will provide you with the information you need to successfully propose landscape enhancements. Learn the meaning of "margin" and "mark-up" and the industry’s best techniques and formulas for estimating landscape upgrades for a profit!

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Define the difference between "gross margin" and "markup."
  • Calculate material and labor cost for a typical landscape installation project.
  • Accurately estimate and propose landscape enhancements for a desired profit margin.
Section: ESTIMATELAND (13APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 13, 2019 End Date: Apr 13, 2019 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register

J.R.R. Tolkien: Imagination and the Creative Writing Process


Tolkien is the master of the high fantasy genre, and we‘ll explore his literary skills -- including plot twists and continuity, character development, unique creatures, and the bonds of the fellowship -- to make his writing so compelling. His craftsmanship in creating a world of diverse cultures, lands, and characters will inspire our assignments as you work to apply his techniques to assist your own fantasy writing. Our workshop will focus on the key elements of high fantasy, including heroes/heroines in large-scale epic quests, clashes between good and evil, roles for magic/special powers, non-human races (elves or dwarves) and more.

Via readings and exercises, the class investigates the “tricks and techniques” employed by a range of modern masters and apply these lessons to perfecting works in progress. Each week, you’ll carefully read and critique classmate submissions, offering constructive feedback in an encouraging context. The course’s lectures and discussions will tackle difficulties that writers of all skill levels face: fine-tuning characters and dramatic arcs; organizing scenes and chapters; refining the tone, diction, and rhythm of your prose; cultivating your unique voice; and much more.

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After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the key elements of the high fantasy genre.
  • Critically analyze a character in Lord of the Rings and specifically evaluation how they are developed over the course of Tolkien’s writing.
  • Compare the role of women and men in Tolkien, illustrating with specificity both the strengths and weaknesses of his male and female characters.
  • Describe and assess the special vocation of Tolkien’s creative calling.
  • Compose a piece of creative writing based on the high fantasy genre.
  • Give and receive constructive feedback via the workshop process.

Section: TOLKIEN (26MAR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 26, 2019 End Date: Apr 30, 2019 Tuition: $425.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Phillip Thompson Register

Managing Up: Forging a Successful Relationship with Your Supervisor

The accomplishments of your manager are often more critical to your success than your own achievements. When bosses miss deadlines, ignore goals, and fail to meet expectations, those unmet obligations inevitably become yours -- and the communication between you and your manager can suffer greatly as a result. Recognizing the principles of managing up can help increase the chances of success for both you and your manager. Identifying your boss’s needs while supporting these daily obligations can lead to a smoother work environment with more positive vibes, less conflict, and ultimately an effective relationship.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify and support your supervisor’s strengths, weaknesses and working style.
  • Proactively seek consistent communication and monitor results for necessary improvements.
  • Determine your supervisor’s priorities, goals and pressures.
  • Establish expectations and a clear system of organization.
  • Help to eliminate preventable problems and use effective problem solving skills to find resolutions.
  • Exhibit positive behaviors that make you an invaluable employee.

Section: MANAGUP (01APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 1, 2019 End Date: Apr 1, 2019 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

Organizational Change Management

Projects often significantly influence an organization’s culture through change, and demonstrating a clear understanding of how this culture change impacts project development and execution is critical. Creating a comprehensive organizational change management plan includes proper stakeholder analysis, effective communication/training, and successful transition strategies. Course content will include industry best practices and related processes from the PMI® PMBOK® Guide to help ensure positive project results via organizational value and benefits.

    After this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain organizational culture change
  • Perform Stakeholder Analysis
  • Develop appropriate strategies for organizational change management
  • Create a viable communication and training plan
  • Execute organizational change management
Section: PROJECTCHANGE (13APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 13, 2019 End Date: Apr 13, 2019 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Tim Peek Register
Section: PROJECTCHANGE (10AUG19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 10, 2019 End Date: Aug 10, 2019 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Tim Peek Register

Professional Self-Advocacy in the Workplace

To move up in your workplace, make a career transition, or simply do a better job of promoting your business skills and talents, you need to engage in effective self-advocacy. In this course, you will learn how to effectively share with others what you’ve already accomplished so that you can advance your career. This course is designed to teach professionals how to identify their professional strengths and to communicate their unique worth to employers and stakeholders. You’ll learn how to select themes that will persuade others—in resumes, cover letters, and self-evaluations—and in conversations about your accomplishments and value.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and be able to clearly articulate and support their unique professional strengths, interests, and values to current and prospective employers
  • Read job postings and accurately identify hiring employers’ priorities for specific roles
  • Confidently communicate which skills and strengths that the participant possesses that prospective and current employers seek for specific roles or projects, and why s/he is a strong candidate for a new position/role/project
  • Create a strong, tailored resume for jobs and employers in any industry
  • Create a strong, tailored cover letter for jobs and employers in any industry
  • Clearly communicate the value they’ve contributed to their current employers in self-evaluations and effectively negotiate for promotions and/or raises.

Section: SELFADVOCACY (19AUG19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 19, 2019 End Date: Aug 19, 2019 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Sarah D Carlson Register

Solving Problems Creatively

Employers love problem-solvers – but producing effective solutions requires the ability to overcome obstacles and generate innovative ideas. Learn to successfully harness the power of creativity utilizing our hands-on course as you work to build and flex your creative muscles. We’ll provide tips, techniques and models to help develop resourcefulness, unlock potential, and improve your value to the company.

    After this class, you will be able to:
  • Identify and reduce their own creativity blocks
  • Create an environment that fosters creativity
  • Clarify and reframe problems
  • Generate multiple ideas using creative techniques
  • Convert ideas to viable, creative solutions
  • Develop a plan to implement the solutions
Section: SOLVEPROB (08MAY19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 8, 2019 End Date: May 8, 2019 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: LaBrita Cash-Baskett Register

Stress Management

Enhanced team performance and improved work-life balance rely largely on proper management of stress. Leaders, managers and supervisors must cultivate an environment of communication and trust to promote awareness, adaptation, communication climate, personal accountability, and resilience. We’ll challenge the work-life balance concept and discuss factors that influence wellness and organizational goal achievement; we’ll also practice evidence-based stress management tactics grounded in organizational behavior and neuroscience research while creating an action plan for both personal and professional development.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Explain the nature of stress
  • Describe factors that influence achieving work-life balance
  • Discuss the role and importance of communication and trust
  • Apply an appropriate approach to a stressful situation
  • Practice stress management tactics, tools and techniques to adopt and practice
  • Create an action plan for personal and professional development
Section: STRESSMGMT (17JUN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 17, 2019 End Date: Jun 17, 2019 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: LaBrita Cash-Baskett Register

The Pleasures of Poetry


An appreciation and understanding of poetry can be cultivated, blossoming into a lifelong passion. From haiku to epic narrative, this class will explore the infinite variety of this ever-evolving genre. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of form, meter, metaphor, and imagery, and how each plays a part in making a poem. There will be reading assignments from the textbook, followed by class discussion. If you’re also interested in writing poetry, heed the words of Mary Oliver, who says, “There is no better teacher than reading good poems.” No background in literature is required.

April is National Poetry Month—come celebrate with us!

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After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the basic elements of poetry: form, meter, image, and musicality
  • Integrate the reading of poetry into their lives with a deeper level of appreciation
  • Recognize the many resources available to poetry lovers in the 21st century, whether online, in print, or in the larger community
Section: READINGPOETRY (09APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 9, 2019 End Date: Apr 30, 2019 Tuition: $250.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Alexa Selph Register

Watercolor 101 and Beyond

Both new and experienced painters can utilize this course to discover how to maximize and take full advantage of this complex -- yet extremely rewarding -- art medium. Come explore the science of color theory, learn about proper brush and paper selection, and practice effective painting techniques as you develop and refine your personal style through self-expression. Indulge your creativity and enjoy the gratifying process of producing your own masterpiece!

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Define and practice color theory with their paintings.
  • Define and practice composition, proportions and a variety of techniques with their paintings.
  • Determine their innate watercolor painting style through experimentation.
  • Develop and complete a painting by class end.

Section: WATERCOLOR (18JUL19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 18, 2019 End Date: Aug 22, 2019 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Kathleen Bosell Register